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Steeped in history and set against the stunning and world-famous backdrop of Table Mountain, the beautiful, sea-side city of Cape Town is regarded as one of the top holiday destinations in the world.
Also affectionately known as the Mother City, South Africa’s oldest city is living up to that nickname in a rather literal way these days as an increasing amount of people from all over the world travel there to undergo fertility treatment.
The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will be holding a three month public consultation to possibly change its policies on egg and sperm donations in the United Kingdom.
The major topic under consideration in the public consultation will be changing the policies regarding egg and sperm donor compensation. “Women who donate eggs are currently paid £250, but this could rise considerably under moves to address egg and sperm shortages at IVF clinics. Many fertility clinics have long waiting lists, driving some childless couples abroad.”
The Greatest Gift Surrogacy Center NW, lllc was created to make the surrogacy journey a wonderful experience for all involved.
My experience as a Gestational Surrogate all three times was wonderful. However, the agencies that represented myself and the Intended Parents, was not.
This got the gears going inside my head that I could create the "ultimate agency," and I have.
I can't imagine not being a part of the amazing process of Surrogacy and I have the ability to work each day at a job that I honestly love.
(repost from my personal blog www.tertia.org)
When I first started the egg donor and surrogacy program here in South Africa, I would get enquiries from gay couples and singles from overseas. Many of them would start their email with "I am not sure whether you deal with gay couples...." and the first few times I was all like "huh? What do you mean?" Of course I deal with gay couples, why wouldn't I? And then I realized how often gay couples were discriminated against. And what a tough time they had accessing the things we take for granted.
After her hopes of getting pregnant were crushed, Caroline Van Den Heever turned to surrogacy to keep alive her dream of starting a family
My house is full of noise and activity – shouting, laughter and colourful paintings pinned to the noticeboard. Not so long ago, it was deathly quiet and I hated it. That was before my husband Jan and I had our three amazing children, born through surrogacy and egg donation in a journey that took us across the world and to the limits of our emotions.
Jennifer Aniston is promoting her new film The Switch - about a single woman who chooses to conceive via IVF. Recently she said, “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child. Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth.
Generally, people who are diagnosed with cancer need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation which often results in premature infertility. “The trend toward delaying childbearing means that many patients will not have had children when they are diagnosed. While there is recognition that cancer therapy can affect a patient’s fertility, less than 25% of oncologists inform their patients about their risks and options.”